The avian details in Bob’s adventures (Swift Justice, 2014, etc.) make them a treat for birdwatchers or, in this case,...


Even when he leaves his native Minnesota, a die-hard birdwatcher keeps finding bodies along with the birds he seeks.

High school counselor Bob White and his wife, Luce, have taken the opportunity of weather cold enough to close schools to flee south for a short break. They head for the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas, an area filled with parks perfect for birders, all located near the confluence of two major flyways. Their stop at Estero Llano Grande State Park rewards them with plenty of new bird sightings for their lifetime list. In addition, Bob’s keen eye also picks out a foot sticking out from under a canoe. The dead man is Birdy Johnson, whose involvement with a spacecraft smack in the middle of the flyway has made him plenty of enemies in the birding community. Among those visiting the park that morning were Buzz Davis, a close friend of Birdy’s from the days when they worked in NASA’s astronaut program; park volunteer Rosalie, another good friend; and members of a local birding club for senior citizen known as the MOB. The only clue found on the scene is a flask of Aquavit belonging to a friend of Bob’s who’s in the area working on improving drone border surveillance. Although a furious birder may have killed Birdy, the borderland location makes Bob wonder whether drug smugglers or illegals might be involved. Although he and Luce continue their birding, Bob can’t help but get involved in yet another murder case.

The avian details in Bob’s adventures (Swift Justice, 2014, etc.) make them a treat for birdwatchers or, in this case, anyone interested in South Texas. This one provides enough credible suspects for a mystery that keeps you guessing.

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 2015

ISBN: 978-0-87839-799-0

Page Count: 214

Publisher: North Star Press of St. Cloud, Inc.

Review Posted Online: June 17, 2015

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2015

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One of her best. Poirot, again on vacation, falls foul of a murder on board a Nile river steamer, followed by two successive murders, obviously connected. A sophisticated group, an ingenious plot, clever deduction, swift-paced narrative. A little romance on the side lends glamour. First rate entertainment.

Pub Date: Feb. 8, 1938

ISBN: 0062073559

Page Count: 354

Publisher: Dodd, Mead

Review Posted Online: Sept. 20, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 1938

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Proficient but eminently predictable. Amid all the time shifts and embedded backstories, the most surprising feature is how...

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A convicted killer’s list of five people he wants dead runs the gamut from the wife he’s already had murdered to franchise heroine Ali Reynolds.

Back in the day, women came from all over to consult Santa Clarita fertility specialist Dr. Edward Gilchrist. Many of them left his care happily pregnant, never dreaming that the father of the babies they carried was none other than the physician himself, who donated his own sperm rather than that of the handsome, athletic, disease-free men pictured in his scrapbook. When Alexandra Munsey’s son, Evan, is laid low by the kidney disease he’s inherited from his biological father and she returns to Gilchrist in search of the donor’s medical records, the roof begins to fall in on him. By the time it’s done falling, he’s serving a life sentence in Folsom Prison for commissioning the death of his wife, Dawn, the former nurse and sometime egg donor who’d turned on him. With nothing left to lose, Gilchrist tattoos himself with the initials of five people he blames for his fall: Dawn; Leo Manuel Aurelio, the hit man he’d hired to dispose of her; Kaitlyn Todd, the nurse/receptionist who took Dawn’s place; Alex Munsey, whose search for records upset his apple cart; and Ali Reynolds, the TV reporter who’d helped put Alex in touch with the dozen other women who formed the Progeny Project because their children looked just like hers. No matter that Ali’s been out of both California and the news business for years; Gilchrist and his enablers know that revenge can’t possibly be served too cold. Wonder how far down that list they’ll get before Ali, aided once more by Frigg, the methodical but loose-cannon AI first introduced in Duel to the Death (2018), turns on them?

Proficient but eminently predictable. Amid all the time shifts and embedded backstories, the most surprising feature is how little the boundary-challenged AI, who gets into the case more or less inadvertently, differs from your standard human sidekick with issues.

Pub Date: April 2, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-5011-5101-9

Page Count: 352

Publisher: Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: Feb. 19, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 2019

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